For our regular Future Is Now column we profile the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos.
SOUNDS LIKE: Buzzy electronica with killer hooks and kind eyes
FOR FANS OF: Chet Faker, Bonobo, AlunaGeorge
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Brisbane-based Danny Harley, aka the Kite String Tangle, makes music in the same way he listens to it, collecting parts from a mish-mash of sources while avoiding the confines of hyper-curation. Beginning his music education with Papa Roach and Limp Bizkit records, Harley steered quickly into the pop-punk world, performing Green Day songs in his high school band. "It feels to me like you used to have to be a 'rock guy' or a 'rap guy'," he says, “and that would define you as a person. Now it's a lot more open."
On his self-titled debut album, the Kite String Tangle's distinct sound rings, but the record blends micro-moments from various genres – uplifting beats that ignite the dancefloor, hooks that command like an old-school funk bass and intimate lyrics that shimmer. Harley himself hears the pop sensibilities and structural bones of his earliest influences. “I've tried to be tastefully restrained and cohesive in genre, and it just doesn't work. I don't write like that. But that's how I listen to music."
HE SAYS: “I was trying to make something that was honest and something that I was happy with. They were my two parameters going in, but they kept changing. It's taken me on a tailspin over the last three years and I'm still on that journey, but it's a good one to be on. Mid-existential crisis – that's what the album was written in [laughs]."
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: With its gliding vocals, lyrical heft and structural panache, "The Prize" is a standout.
Watch the Kite String Tangle perform "The Prize" live at the Rolling Stone Australia office: